Confessions of a white Māori
- Jun 28, 2017
“Who are Māori?” a friend from France asked me one night in the middle of my student exchange. I hesitated. “I am...Read More
This year, on September 23, New Zealand will vote on who gets to lead the country for the next three years. We've watched the unbelievable...Read More
“Are you retarded?”
Let’s be honest: we’ve all heard the above. And most of us know it’s incredibly offensive. So why do we keep saying...Read More
It was the tape heard around the world: then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump, allegedly believing he was off the record, graphically...Read More
A woman should not be at the head of a family. God created male and female genders. And the more money you give to the church, the more blessings...Read More
These days, most of my emails begin with: “I’m so sorry for the late reply! I’ve been snowed.” At the surface level, the expression sounds quaint...Read More
Whenever I see the words ‘Māori’, ‘foreshore’, and ‘claim’ in a headline, my stomach automatically clenches. Reading the news yesterday about a...Read More
Lest we forget. Those are the words that will be uttered today, summoned from the backroom of...Read More
Imagine this: you’re hanging out with your flatmates or friends at a pub, and one of them makes a comment about the outfit a woman at the other...Read More
My favourite colour is pink. I’m not talking dark tones that look more like plum or maroon than anything else, either – no, I’m talking shockingly...Read More
The pill was perhaps my favourite form of contraception – it was low-fuss, timing my period by its packaging made me feel even more excessively...Read More
By Ben Mack, Lizzie Marvelly and Jo Raj
Sarah* works at a co-ed high school in the North Island. Because she is a woman, she...Read More
I was 11 when I was first called a slut. I’d been warned about “the s word” the year prior by a friend who was a year older than me. “It’s worse...Read More
What do you get when you ask 12 different women the same questions? This year, in the lead...Read More
North Korea. Russia...Read More
From The Hunger Games to 1984 , dystopian fiction has always been a bestseller....Read More
I’m blaming the Kardashians. Or maybe Donald Trump. Definitely social media.
I need to blame someone because I’m so fucking angry....Read More
I am not celebrating this Waitangi Day, and I’m okay with...Read More
It still feels like something out of a bad sci-fi novel depicting a dystopian hell: a bully with an orange face is the president of the United...Read More
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How many of these (or variations thereof) have you seen lately?
Wear this blouse and be the belle of all the Christmas balls!
At this stage of the game, it’s really a miracle that I can still string a sentence together. I’m limping to the finish line sustained only by...Read More
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For those of you like me, who have been around the ol’ Tinder wheel of...Read More
*Warning: Contains strong language.
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America was never “great.”
Sorry, Donald Trump...Read More
Over the past several months, we have been collaborating with Variety - the Children's Charity on a campaign about child poverty in New Zealand....Read More
“I’m gonna to beat you up. I’m gonna to give you a bloody nose and a black eye.”
“I thought you were going to make me spew today?”...Read More
I began combat sports when I was 19. That's six years of being punched, kicked, choked and thrown around like a ragdoll. My goal was to become...Read More
Thanks for letting me know that I’m intimidating. Thanks for letting me know that my glasses, my nonconformist curly hair, dark eyebrows, and...Read More
It all began on a bone-achingly cold night in Dunedin. I was away on business, sitting in my hotel room and watching the fall-out from the Brexit...Read More
New Zealanders. You could almost say we have aviation fuel in our blood. If there’s a far-flung land to fly to, you can bet there will be a bunch...Read More
Another day, another mass shooting. Another person of colour gunned down by police. Another hate-filled speech by the yellow-fuzzed presidential...Read More
Back in the day, discovering countries was something of a big deal. Britain especially was really into it. At a certain time, you could basically...Read More
In the aftermath of the Brexit, the shockwaves have spread across the globe. Even in the Leave camp, there...Read More
In the wake of the court ruling which saw convicted rapist Brock Turner slapped with a six-month prison sentence, a petition has sprung up calling...Read More
Oh, America. You proved me wrong.
I thought after Sandy Hook, after Aurora, after Charleston and San Bernardino, nothing could surprise me...Read More
Marlborough Girls’ College reportedly has some concerns for its students’ “comfort” and “safety”, though it appears to care very little about the...Read More
If you haven’t seen the Tea Consent video (above), there is probably some gaping vortex in your social media life snaffling away viral content...Read More
Workaholics have always existed. We can’t blame the internet for ruining people’s lives and chaining them to their work. There was a time, however...Read More
Well-meaning advice. I get it. It’s nice to feel like you’re helping someone else. Sharing wisdom. Contributing to society. It’s gratifying to...Read More
We need to talk about the Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion.
While a fair bit of it was bleeped...Read More
There is a lot of bullshit in this world. Maths was never my strong point, so I’m not exactly sure how to quantify it, but I’d estimate that the...Read More
Rabble-rouser. Trouble-maker. Stirrer of the pot.
Historically, the terms could hardly be called complimentary. Following the leader...Read More
“Let me go!” the woman screeched, writhing like a fish on a hook. Two young women in shop uniforms, faces grim but determined, had her pinned mere...Read More